TT 28: Don Cherry, Alligator: TOM HARRELL GIGS THIS WEEK

(scroll down for links to get tickets for this week’s gigs with Tom Harrell, Ben Street, and Eric McPherson)

Just because: my cousin Owen sent me one of my more photogenic shots -- really, this should be my press photo, I'd surely get more gigs. (Car is my dad's '37 Chevrolet.)

New Chronology for JazzTimes: Don Cherry’s Art Deco. (I talked to legendary producer John Synder for this one.)

A brief DTM review of a movie “classic,” Alligator. (RIP Robert Forster.)

Nice reviews of COMMON PRACTICE: DownBeat by Bill Milkowski:

NYC Jazz Record by George Kanzler:

Finally, please come on out! THIS WEEK! I'm not going to be able to play with Mr. Tom Harrell all the time, for of course he's one of the great leaders of our era. Boston, NYC, Philly, this is your chance to see the band live and sounding even better than on the record.

Links to the gigs Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday:


Jazz Standard:

Ars Nova (Caplan Center in Philly)

TT 27: Gigs with Tom Harrell, two big new DTMs for students

Next week! Come on out, Boston, NYC, Philly!!

October mini-tour with Tom Harrell, Ben Street, Eric McPherson
15, Regattabar, Cambridge
16, Jazz Standard, NYC
17, Caplan Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia


I’ve spent the last couple of days writing about two things students ask about:


Classical music

The classical music post includes four performances of very famous (or very obscure?) repertoire.

Thanks for reading!! Thanks for coming out the gigs and buying the record!!! If anyone is feeling notably enthusiastic, don’t hesitate to leave a review on Amazon or other places….!!!!

TT 26: COMMON PRACTICE, Harold Mabern

New DTM: Brief memorial for the late great Harold Mabern.



Two ECM releases in two years!

ECM 2643 is Common Practice, the Ethan Iverson Quartet featuring Tom Harrell, Ben Street and Eric McPherson.

Official Blurb:

The latest ECM album to feature pianist Ethan Iverson – following last year’s duo recording with saxophonist Mark Turner, Temporary Kings, and two lauded discs with the Billy Hart Quartet – presents the Brooklyn-based artist at the head of his own quartet in a program of standards and blues, recorded live at Manhattan’s famed Village Vanguard. Iverson’s quartet for Common Practice features as its prime melodic voice the veteran Tom Harrell, who was voted Trumpeter of the Year in 2018 by the U.S. Jazz Journalists Association. Iverson extols the quality of poetic “vulnerability” in Harrell’s playing, particularly in such ballads as “The Man I Love” and “Polka Dots and Moonbeams,” two of the album’s highlights. Common Practice also courses with an effervescent swing, thanks to the top-flight rhythm team of bassist Ben Street and drummer Eric McPherson, whose subtle invention helps drive Denzil Best’s bebop groover “Wee” and two irresistibly bluesy Iverson originals.

Produced by Manfred Eicher — Liner notes by Kevin Sun — Recording Engineers: Andreas K. Meyer, Geoff Countryman and Tyler McDiarmid.

Special thanks to Anthony Creamer.

Thanks also to Angela Harrell, Jed Eisenman, and Deborah Gordon. The disc is dedicated with sincere love and respect to the late, indomitable, wonderful, sorely-missed Lorraine Gordon, who caught an early set of this group and approved of the sounds.

Photo of Sun’s liner notes:



Wall Street Journal. (Common Practice – Wall Street Journal.)


Extensive review by Jonathan Wertheim, linking the disc to DTM (he’s not wrong LOL) 

NYTimes Playlist:



TT 25: teaser video for COMMON PRACTICE

Many thanks to Monica Frisell, Bradley Bambarger, Michael Schmitt, and the rest of the ECM team. This 59 second item can be uploaded directly to social media: FWIW, it’s most successful example of the many teaser videos I’ve been involved with.

TT 24: Tour with Joe and Jorge, Mary Lou Williams

European tour with Joe Sanders and Jorge Rossy — a recent collective of unrestrained souls — if you come to a gig, please say hi!

Sept 11 Jimmy Glass, Valencia
12 Jazzhus Montmartre, CPH
13 Jazz Summer meeting, Lugano
14 Jazzclub Unterfahrt, Munich
15 Pizza Express, London
17 Porgy & Bess, Vienna
18 Jazz Dock, Prague
19 Blue Note, Milano
20/21 – Duc des Lombards, Paris


NEW CHRONOLOGY in JazzTimes, on Mary Lou Williams and Free Spirits.


New DTM:

on Scott Wollschleger and Bearthoven

and a brief note on Le Guin’s The Lathe of Heaven and the passing of Terrance Dicks. To some extent I buried the lede, which is this old, very important news article:

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